Experience Farm Life, Free Brunch, and Scenic Countryside Tours

By Peggy Mazyck

Farm tours are all the trend this year and during mid-September, Mercer County, PA, is offering two great events that will allow the public to experience farm life up close and personal. On September 17 and 18, 2016, the 32nd annual Mercer County Country Tour provides two great days of fun and learning. Offered is a self-driving tour traveling through scenic countryside. The tour includes five stops which include the opportunity to pick apples, enjoy locally grown food, learn the farming process and experience  a behind-the–scenes look at the area’s vibrant agricultural community.

FREE BRUNCH AT THE MERCER COUNTY COUNTRY TOUR

New this year at the Mercer County PA Country Tour is a special pre-tour event that will be held in front of the Mercer County Courthouse on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 Noon.  The special event is a FREE “Brunch on Square” provided compliments of local farmers from Mercer, Lawrence, and Erie Counties. The brunch will feature beef, sausage, potatoes, corn, eggs, dairy and more to highlight the great tastes of locally-grown foods. Reservations for the Brunch are required. FREE tickets to the brunch and the tour stop locations can be downloaded at www.mercercountyagdevelopment.com. Showcased at the Brunch will also be a “Touch-A-Tractor” event, farm displays, and interactive activities provided by the Farm Bureaus Mobile Lab. Wow, a free brunch and a full day of family fun . . . sign me up!!!

MUNNELL RUN FARM DAYS

Another event to showcase farm life is Munnell Run Farm Day. On September 18, the public can experience a diverse line-up of activities on this 163-acre farm. Attendees will enjoy locally-produced prepared foods, a farmers market, handmade crafts, free wagon rides, and special children’s activities. The Munnell Run Farm Quilt Guild will have a barn full of handmade quilts to show off. Music and entertainment will be provided all day.  Events start at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

The biggest decision to be made is how to attend both events.  Our suggestion is to make it a weekend getaway and enjoy some family time together.  These events offer two days of fun, learning, and inspiration that the whole family will treasure.

32nd Annual Mercer County Country Tour Set for September 17-18, 2016 in Mercer County, PA

The Mercer County Country “Drive it Yourself” Tour kicks off with a free Brunch on the Square in Mercer, PA on September 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

At the brunch, farmers from the tri-county area will provide locally-produced foods. The brunch will include beef, sausage, potatoes, corn, eggs, dairy, and more from Mercer, Erie, and Crawford counties. For FREE brunch tickets register at: http://www.mercercountyagdevelopment.com/ or pick tickets up at the following locations: Mercer County Visitors Center, Sharon; Hermitage Agway; Ritenour Equipment, Hadley; Western Reserve Farm Cooperative, New Wilmington; Grove City Agway; and the Mercer County Extension Center, Mercer.

In addition to the Brunch on the Square, attendees will be able to enjoy Touch-a-Tractor, the Farm Bureaus Mobile Agriculture Lab (a traveling educational center), agricultural displays from local farmers, and the opportunity to meet the Mercer County Dairy Princess. Following the brunch, attendees can set off on a self-driving tour to five participating stops to experience Mercer County agriculture first hand.

Stops include the New N.W. Sales Company, a local livestock auction business; Apple Castle, the Johnson family farm since 1845 where visitors will learn how to grow fruit, particularly apples; Whiting Family Farm, a retail, wholesale and custom meat shop specializing as a processor for area livestock producers; and Western Reserve Farm Cooperative, a full-service agronomic facility for area farmers. Visitors can learn about all the services these businesses provide the agricultural community. The self-driving tour is offered on both September 17 and 18.

The rest area for the Farm Tour is The White Chapel United Methodist Church, New Wilmington, with time to enjoy a light lunch or snacks. The Pennsylvania WoodMobile will be exhibited at the church. Visitors can learn about state’s forest resources through this traveling display.

About Mercer County, PA
Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.

12th Annual Munnell Run Farm Day Set for September 18, 2016 in Mercer County, PA

12th Annual Munnell Run Farm Day Set for September 18, 2016 in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – Enjoy a day of fun activities on a 163-acre working farm located two miles from the Mercer County Courthouse on Route 58 west. Munnell Run Farm Foundation will host their 12th Annual Munnell Run Farm Day on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Events scheduled throughout the day include displays by local artists and craftsman, a farmer’s market, food vendors, children’s activities, and more.

Local artisans and craftsman will showcase wood working-bowls/cutting boards, handmade jewelry, handmade ceramics, hand-tied fishing flies, alpacas and alpaca products, beach glass jewelry, illustrated kids’ story books, baby quilts, and hammered aluminum. A building full of hand-made quilts will also be on display.

A farm market will feature locally-produced items such as honey, maple syrup, and fresh produce.

Delicious food selections will be sold. The Maennechor Club of Sharon will sell bratwurst, the Historical Society will offer ox-roast, and the Seeds of Faith Ministry will be on hand with chicken tenders, ribs, onion rings, French fries, Philly steak sandwiches, and lemonade.

Children will be thrilled with a special section with games and storytelling, plus kids can paint their own animal track t-shirts. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy free wagon rides and music by Chuck Thorpe and Friends.

General admission is free, but visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the local Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA

is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for sh

oppers. The area is also known for its more than 25 challenging golf courses of inspired design. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.

Five Hours of Fun on the Mercer County, PA Wine Trail

Five Hours of Fun on the Mercer County, PA Wine Trail

By Peggy Mazyck

With a customized itinerary in hand, two mothers and two daughters from the Pittsburgh area joined me on a tour along the Mercer County Wine Trail. The group wanted time together to celebrate before their daughters started graduate school in the fall. The Mercer County Wine Trail impressed them as a perfect opportunity to have fun together and make special memories.

A Getaway Weekend at Tara-A Country Inn

For their getaway, the group chose a weekend stay at Tara – A Country Inn with a five-hour wine tour on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. While gathered on the front porch at Tara to await transportation, they discussed their wonderful stay there. To their surprise, Mrs. Winner, the owner of Tara, was in the yards pruning flowers, and they were able to meet her and express their appreciation for their comfortable stay. They were curious about what inspired her to open such a beautiful inn and were thrilled to get her personal response to their questions.

Wineries in Mercer County, PA

Our chariot for the day was a seven passenger Toyota Sienna. This vehicle was the perfect size for this group and everyone was comfortably seated. The first stop was the Conneaut Cellars Winery and Distillery, located directly across from Pennsylvania’s largest natural lake, Conneaut Lake. I explained that each winery we were visiting offered free tastings, and Conneaut Cellars had over 30 handcrafted wines to choose from. After a brief but informative production tour offered by Conneaut Cellars’ owner, Joal Wolf, the tastings began. This group had visited many famous wine areas and was, to some extent, “wine connoisseurs.” Well, action speaks louder than words, and the action today was that Conneaut Cellars Winery sold a lot of wine to this group. This first stop was a great success and set the tone for a perfect day.

Next stop was Wilhelm Winery and Antique Wine Making Museum. This winery is situated near the shores of Lake Wilhelm and is located in a beautiful, rustic 100-year-old barn. For this part of the tour, we planned an early afternoon snack break. After the free wine tastings, the ladies chose a wine they liked and shared a meat and cheese tray on Wilhelm’s patio. The countryside surrounding this winery is scenic and peaceful. The group enjoyed a wonderful time of sharing and companionship in a tranquil setting.

The final stop of the day was Lago Winery. As we approached this winery, the group noted that the parking lot was packed and there was a lot of excitement and energy at the site. At this stop, a late lunch and entertainment was scheduled. After the free tastings, the group purchased over a ½ case of diverse wines to take home and quickly found a table under the outdoor trellis to enjoy live music, wine, and wood-fired pizza. Lago Winery is nestled in the slopes above Pymatuning Lake and is open mid-April through mid-October.

No one wanted to leave, but soon it was 4 p.m. and our chariot awaited. With a hug goodbye, the enthusiastic response to the tour was, “We loved the tour and we will be back.” For the next visit, we plan to showcase the southern tier of our Mercer County, PA wine trail: Webb Winery, Volant Mill Winery, and Nova Cellars Winery.

 

On the Wine and Brew Trail in Mercer County, PA

Providing transportation, customized itineraries, and guide services to Mercer County wineries and breweries

MERCER COUNTY, PA – The Mercer County PA Wine and Brew Trail is off to a great start with eight wineries and three breweries for groups and individual travelers to enjoy when visiting this charming northwestern PA county.

VisitMercerCountyPA provides customized itineraries that include at least three stops on the wine trail, brew trail, or both. Featured in each itinerary are tastings, a production tour, snacks, and a distinctive meal and entertainment at one of the stops.

The Mercer County PA Wine and Brew Trail travels along beautiful lakes and scenic countryside. Partners include Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery, Fractured Grape Wine Cellars, Knockin Noggin Cidery and Winery, Lago Winery, Nova Cellars Winery, Webb Winery, Wilhelm Winery, Brewtus Brewing Company, The Depot Saloon, and the Stone Church Pizza House & Brewpub.

Transportation is included and accommodates groups of 14 or less who are looking for a day of carefree enjoyment that includes pick-up and drop-off, great locally-produced wine and spirits, and good times. Beautiful vistas along the trail showcase Amish countryside or the stunning lakes of Pymatuning, Conneaut, and Lake Wilhelm.

Gather a group of friends, schedule a corporate event, plan a bachelorette or bachelor party, and then come to Mercer County, PA, for an amazing experience. Complete your adventure with an overnight stay at one of the area’s quality accommodations.

Contact VisitMercerCountyPA at 724-346-3771 or mcpa@visitmercercountypa.com to get started planning a special wine and brew experience on the Mercer County PA Wine and Brew Trail.

About Mercer County

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for its more than 25 challenging golf courses of inspired design. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.com.

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